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Yellowstone Garage celebrates summer with ‘Rock the Block’

Published: Aug. 14, 2020 at 7:05 PM CDT
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Casper residents “rocked the block” Thursday night at Yellowstone Garage. 

Though the restaurant has hosted “Rock the Block,” a weekly summer block party with live music for years, this summer it’s been particularly special as many events have been lost due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“People need something to do,” Yellowstone Garage owner John Huff said. “You get cooped up for too long, people get stir crazy and we want to get outside and have fun.”

Paul Bonifas went to “Rock the Block” Thursday to support his friend who was performing that night. He said the event brought back a sense of normalcy.

“I feel like ‘Rock the Block’ has been kind of consisten all summer so it’s nice because you can go out and almost pretend like things are back to normal,” he said.

Like most restaurants, the virus forced Yellowstone Garage to close its dining. This forced Huff to lay off many of his employees. He said it makes the weekly event even sweeter now seeing them back at work.

“There was some despair at first. It was pretty bad but we managed to get through it and redo a lot of things that we never thought we’d have to do and ultimately it worked out pretty good,” Huff said.

“Rock the Block” will continue each Thursday night through at least the end of August. It lasts from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

“We love people to come down and have fun, watch the kids out playing and running and having a good time,” Huff said. “And I think getting out in the sunshine is good for people.”

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